2018 Lee County Fair Chess Tournament

Nick Hantzeas from Ft Madison,IA won with 4 wins at the 2018 Aulden VanWinkle Chess Tournament was held on July 8, 2018, at the Lee County Fair in Donellson, IA. Chess Director Doug Campbell of Carthage, IL stands behind Doc VanWinkle of Burlington, IA, while he hands the 2018 Lee County Chess Champion, Nick Hantzeas of Ft' Madison, IA, the hand crafted Aulden VanWinkle Traveling Trophy Clock, with 2017 Chess Champion, Jesse VanWinkle of Winterset, IA, standing behind him. Malachi Campbell from Carthage, IL took 1st place medal and James Hunold of Donellson, IA took the 2nd place medal in the youth section of the Lee Co Fair's Tournament. Hantzeas beat Jesse VanWinkle of Winterset, IA, the 2

2018 US Open Champion GM Timur Gareyev coming to Iowa Open

2018 US Open Champion GM Timur Gareyev will be coming to the Iowa Open. He will be teaching three mini classes on Wednesday Thursday and Friday prior to the event. These sessions are open to all chessplayers who are interested in improving their game. GM Gareyev AKA the Blindfold King is an incredibly talented chess player and a very talented chess instructor. GM Timur Gareyev is not your typical GM. He is at ease with both children and adults, he is incredibly funny and personal as well as informational. He calls his students his "Iowa Chess Warriors" Last year, I had four sessions, they quickly sold out and turned players away. We are allowing 8 players per session. This year we ar

Iowa Open Hotel

The Marriott has extended the chess block till 8/15 and added more rooms. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 E 9th St. (I-80, SE side of Exit 242), Coralville, IA 52241. Chess rate available, $103 (INCLUDES PARKING) only until 8/15/18, rates will increase after this date. Pool, restaurant, more restaurants in walking distance. 319-688-4000. If the block at the Marriott fills up the back-up hotel is the Heartland Inn which is about 1 mile from the tournament hall. The Heartland will provide a shuttle service but could be walked if necessary. They have free parking as well. Their phone number is 319-351-8132 or 800-334-3277 ask for the Iowa Open chess block. If you prefer to book

Report from the US Open: Denker, Barber, NGTOC & NSTOC

The 119th Annual U. S. Open Chess Championship is being held July 28 through August 5 in Middleton, WI. Concurrent with the start of the U.S. Open are the state invitational championships: The 2018 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions is an annual event held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, in which the 51 high school champions of each state affiliate and the District of Columbia compete to determine who will be crowned the Denker Champion of Champions. It was founded in 1985 by Grandmaster Arnold Denker (1914-2005). The 2018 Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions was founded in 2011 by Dewain Barber to provide a competition comparable to the Denker tournament for younger s

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